Missing Disabled Teen Found Alive After Bloodhound Picks Up His Scent

It was all thanks to a hardworking dog that a Florida teen with muscular dystrophy was found safe.

Bloodhound Putnam was rewarded with a steak dinner and head rubs after tracking down 17-year-old Ricky Wheeler, who was found dehydrated and covered in bug bites Tuesday night.

“He had no other visible injuries and was able to communicate to deputies when found that he was thirsty,” the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Nearly 100 volunteers and law enforcement officers searched for four days, but to no avail, until K-9 Putnam and his handler Emmett Merritt took over.

They used the scent on what they believed to be Wheeler’s clothes and shoes, found earlier in the search, to track down the teen. Search efforts were suspended to keep Putnam focused on Wheeler’s scent. Continue Reading